College Sports

Winthrop volleyball adds two recruits

Winthrop University volleyball head coach Sally Polhamus announced the signing of two student-athletes on National Letters of Intent to attend Winthrop University and play for the Eagles next fall.

Brittany Blackman and Rebecca Toor make up the Eagle volleyball Class of 2008. Below is information on these two incoming athletes:

• BRITTANY BLACKMAN -- 6'2", MH/OH, Sanford, NC / Lee County High School. Four-year letter winner at Lee County High School for Coach Cindy Kelly ... All-Conference player all four years ... All-Conference Academic for three years ... Gatorade Rookie of the Year for Lee County High School ... Two time MVP of Lee County ... Led Lee County to 3rd round of state playoffs as a senior... Tallied 368 kills in 2007 and career with over 900 kills...Member of Piedmont Triad Volleyball Club coached by Kim Mansfield that finished 2007 with record of 101-17... Club team won Crossroads Qualifier in Denver, CO to advance to nationals... Club team finished 5th place overall at Junior Olympic Nationals in Minneapolis, MN... Named Academic All-Conference three times ... Also participated in basketball and track in high school ... Interested in majoring in Athletic Training at Witthrop...

• REBECCA TOOR -- 6'2", MH, Rotonda West, FL / Lemon Bay High School: Four-year letter winner at Lemon Bay High School for Coach David Rohrer ... Led Lemon Bay to state finals in 2007 ... Two-time all state selection ... Two-time Englewood Sun all area selection and player of the year ... Two-time team MVP selection ... Herald Tribune Player of the year and ABC 7 athlete of the week ... Led team to three district championships and two regional finals ... Led team in blocks as a freshman ... Holds Lemon Bay HS records for both kills and blocks in a career ... Played Club Volleyball for Venetian Bay Fruit Loops ... High achiever in the classroom as well boasting a 4.33 GPA ... Three sport athlete that also participated in basketball and track in high school ... Interested in majoring in Biology at Winthrop.

Coach Polhamus continues her efforts to build a high quality program to compete with the nation's elite programs. She is confident these two additions will push Winthrop in that direction for the next four years.

"I couldn't be happier than to announce these two commitments to the Winthrop Eagle Volleyball program," said Polhamus. "Brittany and Becca are two dynamic athletes and competitors that will both have an impact on this campus through volleyball and with their contributions in the classroom.

"Both athletes have experienced success and know what it is to be a winner.

"The work ethic and talent that they will bring combined with our core of returning athletes will be an exciting atmosphere to train in."